If you already enjoy cowboy songs and sittin' round the campfire, you will love this return to the Old West as we sing-along and recall those Happy Trails Vinyl Record Memories and this perfect cover song duet with Michael Martin Murphy and Suzy Bogguss.
Murphey has always been a champion of the true western song which has its own pure genre and is different than "country western music" of today. Cowboy songs existed before country music and became popular with a wider public in the thirties and forties because of their use in western movies.
Robbins and others continued to record them, but they gradually faded
into obscurity. Michael Martin Murphey revived the old songs and renewed
public interest in them.
Happy Trails vinyl record memories is sure to pull the listener into a world they'll never wish to leave. Truly, even the simple lover of the old west can easily be roped into a world which is a delight to enter.
This album titled Cowboy Songs, is the first of three albums of cowboy material by Michael Martin Murphey, and one of the better modern collections.
Murphey doesn't imitate any of the singers associated with earlier versions of these songs in terms of delivery or arrangements, but audiences connect with him because he provides a sense of authenticity in his singing. The notion of the West as the last frontier, where "men are men" - self reliant, decisive, free individuals - where values are clear-cut and justice is swift, persists to this day.
Our collection of Michael Martin Murphey Cowboy Campfire songs is a saddlebag full of the old and the new, the authentic and the romantic, the factual and the fictional songs that helped build the legend of the Old West.
Whether you sing it straight or camp it up, if you are not familiar with this version of Happy Trails, your in for some fun. If you collect cowboys tunes, and haven't got this "Cowboy Songs" album yet, Murphey is dialed in to a place where the sky is enormous, and the deer and the antelope still play.
And with this pleasing duet arrangement to close out the evening, this Happy Trails cover would be a perfect ending to your cowboy campfire songs.
The Cowboy Songs album was released in 1990. The album contained Murphey's versions of old cowboy songs from the public domain such as "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "The Old Chisholm Trail", the beautiful "Spanish is the Loving Tongue", the classic "The Streets of Laredo", and his tip of the hat to Roy Rogers, "Happy Trails". Cowboy Songs went on to achieve Gold status, the first western album to do so since Marty Robbins' No. 1 Cowboy in 1980.
So, close your eyes, settle back and be transported to the Old West. Get into the saddle and slip into the easy rhythm of the cattle drive, polish up your six-shooter and live again the exciting days of the frontier, spread your gear around the campfire and, along with your saddle pals, sing these great old songs of the West. With the Happy Trails vinyl record memories as your last 'round the campfire song, you'll ride off into the sunset in style.
You never go wrong on any music from Michael Martin Murphey. Sung with passion and integrity, this man is one of the great music artists of the west. He has sung from solos to singing live with full Orchestras - and is always appreciated and admired.
He played a major role in the resurrection of the cowboy song genre, recording and producing some of the most successful cowboy music of the past forty years. His album Cowboy Songs inspired a whole series of albums.
accomplishments in the Western and Cowboy Music field, Murphey received
five awards from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum,
formerly known as the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
Michael Martin Murphey is still creating and singing songs that are pleasing to listen to and even dance.